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I’ve been quiet for a while, at least on my blog. I’m more active on Twitter and Facebook because they’re a much shorter format. (And you can find both off to the right-hand side!)
But this past weekend I attended the Life, The Universe, and Everything writing symposium again. Those of you that have followed me for a while know that this is one of the biggest highlights of my writing year. I’m still processing it all. But as always, I will have plenty to say about it once that processing is done. 🙂
But the biggest, best thing I got out of it this year is a renewed confidence in my talent, skill, and ability to be an up-and-coming professional. And because of LTUE, I know what the theme for 2015 is meant to be.
2015 is the Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher.
This year, I believe in me. This year, I believe in taking everything that the previous years have given me, and applying it to making something incredible of my life. This year is the one where I build the foundation that will allow me to quit my day job next year and write full time. And this year is the one where my life finally becomes everything that I want it to be, not what everyone else around me says it should be.
Holiday hectic time is over. This year I had my kids who live with my Ex during the school year visiting me, so if I’ve been quiet between that and the post-Nanowrimo de-stressing, I’m sure you can all understand. 🙂
But without any further ado, I’d like to say just one thing: I have a very good feeling about 2015 and what it’s going to mean for my writing.
For a while there, I gave every year a theme. “This is the Year of ____.” I’ve had the year of awesome, the year of doing things, the year of self-discipline. 2014 passed without being labeled, for whatever reason, but I’m feeling like 2015 needs something.
2015 is the Year of Dreams.
This is the year where I finally get a story accepted to Sword and Sorceress (third time’s the charm, right?). This is the year where I self-publish AND see decent sales. This is the year that I manage to gain an agent and/or a publisher. This is the year where I might actually get somewhere with Writers of the Future. This is the year I apply for a dream job, not because I think I’ll be able to get it, but just to say that I’m chasing my dream. This is the year I go back to school to finish my degree–and it will finally be in creative writing instead of something “more practical”.
Above all, this is the year where I stop letting naysayers hold me back, including the biggest naysayer of them all: myself. This is the year I let go of fear and just go for it. Every opportunity, every chance will be taken. This is the year I stop talking about following my dreams and actually do it instead.
Bear with me. I think it’s going to be the craziest and most amazing year yet.
I took a few days off after winning Nanowrimo to enjoy Thanksgiving and having my cousin and her family in town. I’m still feeling pretty pleased with myself for managing to accomplish all 50k words.
One of the admins on the unofficial Nanowrimo facebook group posted a prompt today that got me thinking. “I want to be the kind of writer…” and we were supposed to fill in the blank. I was surprised by how easily my answer came to me.
- I want to be the kind of writer that can write full-time and pay my bills doing what I love.
- I want to be the kind of writer that treats her fans well because I’ve been treated very well by some of the finest authors in my genre and it’s done wonders for my confidence.
- I want to be the kind of writer that helps other writers.
- I want to be the kind of writer that brings hope to people like me, and enjoyment to all my readers.
- I want to be the kind of writer who makes a difference.
Answering the prompt really didn’t require much thought on my part because over the last two years or so I’ve done a lot of thinking about this very subject. I know what sort of writer I am and want to be, because it’s who I am. Every other job I’ve ever taken, every other hobby I’ve pursued, it all comes back to doing and being THIS in the end. I am and always have been a writer.
Now I just want to be the kind of writer that gets paid.
The query letters are in the works.
Soon. Very soon.